Windows 10: Dual Boot Win 10 Pro and Win 7 Pro Solved


  1. Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro & Win 7 Pro Dual boot
       17 Aug 2017 #1

    Dual Boot Win 10 Pro and Win 7 Pro


    Hi All, nice to be on board.
    I have a home built machine (specs entered when creating this account). I had a Dual boot system working like a dream, Win 10 Pro installed first (through upgrade a few months back) and then I created a separate partition and successfully installed Win 7 Pro (this was done for legacy reasons as win 10 didn't have driver support for my external M-Audio Delta1010 sound card.)
    However I had to do a full reset of Win 10 and since then, when I boot my machine, Win 7 is no longer an option to boot from, it's missing the machine boots straight to Win 10. The partition and win 7 is still there, but the option to boot to win 7 is missing at startup.

    Any Idea on how to get it back?

    Thanks in advance.
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    10 Pro 16299.248 64 Bit
       17 Aug 2017 #2

    wipe both partitions and make sure you install 7 first. always install the older so first.
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  3.    17 Aug 2017 #3

    xXWhackerXx said: View Post
    wipe both partitions and make sure you install 7 first. always install the older so first.
    No way. Total overkill after the event.

    OP - boot into windows 10, and see what drive is the windows 7 OS partition.

    Then from an admin command prompt, type

    BCDBOOT X:\WINDOWS /ADDLAST

    where X is the drive letter for Windows 7 OS partition.

    If you want the windows 10 dual boot menu GUI, easiest way is to install easybcd and select edit boot menu options, and set as below,setting timer as you wish


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  4. Posts : 137
    10 Pro 16299.248 64 Bit
       17 Aug 2017 #4

    it's not overkill. you should always install the oldest os first. i do strongly suggest the op correct his install order.
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  5.    17 Aug 2017 #5

    xXWhackerXx said: View Post
    it's not overkill. you should always install the oldest os first. i do strongly suggest the op correct his install order.
    I'm with @cereberus, your suggestion is absolutely not necessary.
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  6.    17 Aug 2017 #6

    xXWhackerXx said: View Post
    it's not overkill. you should always install the oldest os first. i do strongly suggest the op correct his install order.
    Of course it is total overkill. Sure, it is advisable to install older one first, then new one BUT NOT ESSENTIAL with windows 7 onwards.

    After the event, it is easy enough to fix things as I show - Takes 15 mins max including downloading and installing easybcd.

    Do not give such overkill advice unless you actually know what you are talking about and the ramifications of not following that advice, which is basically only a few minutes of effort needed.
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  7.    17 Aug 2017 #7

    And the only thing gained by any extra effort is a pretty graphical boot menu.
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  8.    17 Aug 2017 #8

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    And the only thing gained by any extra effort is a pretty graphical boot menu.
    Which you can change anyway...

    BootMenupolicy legacy - gives you F8 boot menu option, Displaybootmenu yes - gives you the black 7 style loader.

    Enable or Disable F8 Advanced Boot Options in Windows 10 Windows 10 Performance Maintenance Tutorials
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  9. Posts : 2
    Win 10 Pro & Win 7 Pro Dual boot
    Thread Starter
       17 Aug 2017 #9

    cereberus you were bang on bcdedit did it, very simple and effective. Back where I need to be in 15 minutes. A Pint of the Black Stuff (Guinness) for you, in case you don't know what that is. Thanks for your help Whacker.

    So one happy camper here. Case Closed. Thanks cereberus

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  10.    17 Aug 2017 #10

    PatDee said: View Post
    cereberus you were bang on bcdedit did it, very simple and effective. Back where I need to be in 15 minutes. A Pint of the Black Stuff (Guinness) for you, in case you don't know what that is. Thanks for your help Whacker.

    So one happy camper here. Case Closed. Thanks cereberus
    I certainly know what LIffey Water is. Been to Erin many times.

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    There are only two things that should be added to Liffey Water:
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